Portuguese and Marseille full-back Nuno Tavares (23) has been kicked out of a training session by Croatian manager Igor Tudor, L’Équipe have revealed. The former Juventus centre-back gave a wide-ranging and insightful interview to the outlet on Wednesday. When speaking about the commitment he requires from his players during training, he had admitted that, as of last week, a then-unnamed Marseille player was shown the way to the dressing room because he “was not making necessary efforts.” The player in question was revealed to be Tavares, although L’Équipe also adds that France international wing-back Jonathan Clauss was also recently singled out by Tudor for his performances during training.
“In my football, there is a feature, you have to run“, Tudor assessed. “And if you don’t… If I see one player that doesn’t run in training, I’ll say it once, twice and then on the third time of asking, I’ll intervene.” Since his arrival on loan from Arsenal, the Portuguese defender has left a somewhat mixed impression. His impressive scoring record of six Ligue 1 goals for a wing-back is offset by his erratic decision-making and poor defensive tracking. “During the hour or so of training, I am demanding, the players have understood it”, Tudor added. “But if they want rest days, I can give them some too. And we can joke or laugh, but work is work.“
GFFN | Bastien Cheval